Plans to lease ‘pool of death’ for ir­ri­ga­tion pur­poses mooted

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THE Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing leas­ing the Enkwalini “pool of death” in En­tum­bane sub­urb for ir­ri­ga­tion pur­poses.

The pool is to be used as a wa­ter source for the crops that would be grown in the area. Se­cu­rity mea­sures such as erect­ing a se­cu­rity wall to de­ter peo­ple from ac­cess­ing the pool will be put in place.

Quarry min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties by Davis Gran­ite Com­pany gave birth to the “pool of death.”

The city coun­cil said the is­sue of the “pool of death” was on its agenda.

“The mat­ter is cur­rently un­der dis­cus­sion and will be on the ta­ble at the full Coun­cil meet­ing on Wed­nes­day 7th Septem­ber 2016,” said Se­nior Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Mrs Ne­sisa Mpofu.

The pool be­came known as the “pool of death” as many peo­ple have drowned there. A num­ber of sui­cide in­ci­dents have been recorded in the past years.

Res­i­dents around the area be­lieve that the pool is cursed and has some evil spir­its even though some re­li­gious sects bap­tise their church mem­bers there.

Some peo­ple have com­mit­ted sui­cide by throw­ing them­selves into the pool and oth­ers have drowned dur­ing bap­tism ses­sions.

The city coun­cil has failed to erect a se­cu­rity wall around the pool to pre­vent peo­ple from ac­cess­ing the area, ren­der­ing it a death trap. — @miles_ju­nior

Enkwalini pool in En­tum­bane sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo

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